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Local Boy Scouts ham it up at the Jamboree-On-The-Air

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 43, October 23, 2002

MILO On Oct. 19, Brown ville Boy Scout Troop #112, Enfield Boy Scout Troop #64 and Enfield Cub Scout Pack #64 participated in a Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) host'ed by the Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC) in Milo.

JOTA, an American Radio Relay League supported event, provides an opportunity for Scouts to meet other Scouts from around the world. More than 400,000 Scouts and Leaders get together over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air. JOTA 'provides this opportunity via Amateur (Ham)Radio.Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years. Many Scouts and leaders hold ham radio licenses and have their own stations, but the majority participate in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. All participating Scouts earn a JOTA patch.

The Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club hosted the recent JOTA at the 'Emergency Operations Center on Sargent's Hill Road in Milo. The Scouts had the opportunity to speak with other Scouts and hams from around the world. Scotland, England and Germany were contacts for the ; Scouts and among the many foreign countries participating in JOTA.

Scouts also spoke with other Scouts from New York, Georgia, Maryland and North Carolina and other states. They also were able to communicate with local hams. While the Cub Scouts were busy listening to other Scouts or speaking with them, eleven Boy Scouts were working with PARC members to earn their Radio Merit Badges. The Boy .Scouts participated in several hours of classroom training and then moved on to contacting other Scouts and hams via ham radio.

Boy Scouts from Troop #112 were: Jason Brackett, Brian Twitchell, Adam Brewer, Andrew East and William Weston. Scout Troop #112 leaders were David East and David Twitchell.

PARC class instructors were Terry Knowles, N1RCU, Margie Williams, N1UCN and Priscilla Clark, KB1EIW. PARC radio operators were Ben Kittredge, WA1PBR, George Dean, WA1JMM and Gary dark, KB1EIX. Other PARC remote operators were Dottie Hughes, KB1FOI, Carolyn Kelley, N1DGJ, Daniel Newcomb, W1GHH, and John Holmes, KB1IHO.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.